COLE­MAN: I’LL NEED TO ADD

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Claire Gould

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley boss John Cole­man feels he may need to strengthen his side for next sea­son af­ter the League Two cham­pi­ons were soundly beaten by Swin­don.

Goals from Marc Richards, Keshi An­der­son and Paul Mullin were enough to see off a Stan­ley side that had sur­passed all ex­pec­ta­tions this term.

Cole­man said: “We’ve got lots of play­ers on two-year con­tracts, so we won’t need a big over­haul but we will need to bring four or five play­ers in.

“We’re miss­ing a bit of qual­ity and have a small squad but I couldn’t be more proud of what the play­ers have achieved.

“I’m gut­ted we didn’t get the re­sult but we’ve been ex­cel­lent since Christ­mas and we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to play­ing the likes of Sun­der­land next year.”

Ac­cring­ton started the game the brighter and Billy Kee al­most opened the scor­ing in the third minute but saw his ef­fort palmed away for a cor­ner by Stu­art Moore.

Swin­don opened the scor­ing with their first mean­ing­ful at­tack in the 14th minute, with Richards vol­ley­ing in at the far post from Kyle Knoyle’s cross.

The lead was ex­tended just be­fore half-time when Richards turned provider, play­ing a neat back­heel into the path of An­der­son, who fired into the top left-hand cor­ner of the net.

Richards had a chance to bag his sec­ond in first-half stop­page time when he was sent through one-on-one with Aaron Chap­man but the ball got stuck un­der his feet and was cleared.

The hosts grabbed a third ten min­utes into the sec­ond half when Mullin cut in from the left and drilled a low ef­fort un­der Chap­man.

Swin­don al­most scored a fourth in the 61st minute when Matt Tay­lor’s left-wing free­kick was de­flected off an Ac­cring­ton body and hit the wood­work. Stan­ley im­proved in the last half-hour and Kay­den Jack­son drew a smart save from Moore as his near-post.

Tem­pers frayed in the 84th minute when Stan­ley’s Jimmy Dunne took ex­cep­tion to a tackle by Swin­don name­sake James Dunne, with the lat­ter ap­pear­ing to strike his ri­val in the face.

Swin­don’s Dunne was shown a straight red, with Stan­ley’s Dunne fol­low­ing him for an early shower af­ter re­ceiv­ing a sec­ond yel­low card.

Swin­don man­ager Phil Brown was pleased with the re­sult and per­for­mance, how­ever dis­ap­pointed with what could have been this term.

“All in all, it’s a great end to a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son,” he said.

“This was very pleas­ing be­cause the play­ers have only seen the hor­ri­ble side of me when we have been draw­ing games we should be win­ning.

“I’ve got a meet­ing with the chair­man on Tues­day where hope­fully he will buy into the vi­sion I have and we can look for­ward to next sea­son.”

PIC­TURES: PSI/Gary Lear­month

STAR MAN PAUL MULLIN Swin­don WELL DONE, PAL: Swin­don’s Keshi An­der­son, left, is con­grat­u­lated on his goal and, inset, Paul Mullin makes it 3-0

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